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Wednesday 27 August 2014

'I now spend €145 for six months of medicine instead of €840'

Published 20/01/2014 | 02:30

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Jim Dolan pictured at home in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Jim Dolan pictured at home in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

JIM Dolan estimates he saves over €1,500 a year by buying his medicine in Northern Ireland.

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As he's on a number of long-term daily medications, he was spending around €140 a month on his prescriptions, adding up to €1,680 a year.

However, after seeing a television report on savings up North in September 2012, he decided to investigate and found that he could make huge savings.

He was spending around €70 a month on blood-thinning drug Plavix but was able to cut that to £22.50 (€27) -- and by asking his doctor for a generic prescription, he reduced that further to £5.50 (€6.70) for the unbranded version.

He also made big savings on blood pressure drug Co-Diovan, which was available for £19 (€23) a month in the North, and just £5.50 (€6.70) for the generic version, much less than the price in the Republic.

"I now spend around £120 (€145) for six months' worth of medicine, whereas before I was spending €840, so it's a huge saving, especially as I'll probably be on these drugs for life," he said.

Jim drives to Newry to purchase the medicine from McKeevers every three months, and says the travel costs for a few gallons of petrol and tolls don't stop him saving a fortune.

The savings would more than pay his property tax and he'd also received a very good service from McKeevers, as he contacted the chemist in advance so the prescription was ready when he arrived.

Irish Independent

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